It’s becoming more and more clear that Manny Acosta (9.31 ERA, 2.17 WHIP, 0.78 K/BB) and Miguel Batista (8.68 ERA, 2.35 WHIP, 0.89 K/BB) are not pitching up to MLB-caliber in 2012. The Mets are unlikely to make a trade for a sixth or seventh man out of the bullpen–especially at this point in the season–so what could the Mets do to replace either of their most ineffective relievers? Calling-up Josh Edgin could be the solve.
After a terrific Spring Training, Edgin was placed in Double-A, a level he had never pitched at before. The result? Edgin pitched to the tune of a 1.42 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 2.50 K/BB in 6.3 innings. His good showing earned him an early promotion to Triple-A, where he has posted a 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 4.00 K/BB in 3 innings. Considering the 25 year-old had never pitched above Single-A before 2012, it was necessary to give him that exposure this season. However, the Mets could really use his services at the Major League level in the near future.
Given Edgin’s success at every Minor League level, it’s only a matter of time until Sandy Alderson brings him up to the bigs. The real question becomes, “When?” Ideally, Edgin would have a half season in Triple-A, but with last night’s horrendous game still fresh-in-mind, the thought of having another quality arm in the bullpen sure seems like a splendid idea. The left-hander should see at least another ten or so innings in Triple-A before determining the next promotion, but the Pennsylvania-native’s presence in the Mets bullpen sounds pretty good right about now.